Too much Gardner in scrimmage

With all the hype, all the changes, all the accolades, it wound up looking a lot like last year. After an even first half, Jason Gardner gets hot and propels his young team to a big win. In this case, Gardner led the Red squad to a 105-87 win over the Blue in the annual Red/Blue scrimmage.

Gardner scored 15 of his 22 points in the second 20 minutes and overcame a four point halftime deficit to win going away. Gardner got his young backcourt mates Chris Rodgers and Andre Iguodala involved as well, dishing out 14 assists to help the freshman duo score 21 and 23 respectively.

"They don't sit back and wait for things to happen," Gardner said of his young teammates.

Iguodala was the offensive star pumping in 23 points on 9-of-12 shooting, including 5-of-7 from behind the arc. Rodgers was nearly as effective going 8-13, including burying 3-of-4 from downtown.

"I was impressed with the freshmen as a whole," Lute Olson said. "Andre played very well, Chris Rodgers played well and Chirs Dunn also did a nice job."

Not to be outdone, Rick Anderson proved that he wasn't going to let anyone take his starting spot. Anderson scored 20 points and pulled down a game-high 13 rebounds.

The Blue team did not fare as well. Luke Walton had a solid game, but was clearly winded after missing almost a week of practice with a dislocated finger. Walton had a solid line scoring 23, grabbing 10 boards and dishing out six assists.

Will Bynum had an off night. While he did pump out five assists, he committed nine turnovers and picked up four personal fouls.

"Overall I feel better about my game, but I didn't play too well (tonight)," confessed Bynum. "I guess I was too anxious."

Isaiah Fox had a monster first half scoring, but was disappeared somewhat in the second half. The 6-9 sophomore had 14 of his points at the intermission, but didn't score again until there was just over 2:00 to play in the contest. Where he did excel was on the offensive glass, ripping down eight of his team's 21 offensive rebounds.

Surprisingly enough, the game was low scoring in the early going. The post players dominated the action, scoring the game's first eight points before Iguodala's transition lay-up gave the Red squad a very early 6-4 lead.

After the first stoppage of play the tempo picked up and the Red team benefited. They pushed the ball up court and Gardner's three-pointer with 12:34 left in the half gave his squad a 21-12 lead.

The Blue team responded and began to chip away due to their inside players. Walton and Fox were tough to handle, and over the next 7:00 they combined for 11 points. Walton nailed a three and the Blue had their first lead at 34-32.

The tempo picked up even more at the start of the second half and the Red team continued to make the most of it. Gardner looked at home with the tempo and quickly pushed his squad into the lead. The Red took a 65-60 lead on a highlight reel dunk when Iguodala slammed home a Gardner pass off the glass.

The rest of the second half belonged to the Red team. The Blue perimeter players had no answer for the outside shooting of their Red counterparts. Both Gardner and Iguodala got hot from behind the arc and Chris Rodgers slashed his way into the lane. Rodger's back-to-back lay-ins gave his team a 21-point lead at 98-77. Turnovers killed the Blue squad. "The thing that killed the blue was 21 turnovers compared to 11 for the white," said Olson. "It's not all the point guards' fault. The wings weren't running the lanes. Our point guards had no place to pass the ball."

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